2018 Halsey was GREAT

The 60th annual Halsey Invitational Volley Ball / Basketball Tournament was hosted by the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at the University of Minnesota February 10, 2018. The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter kept with tradition and fielded a team for the recreational volley ball tournament.

the team

Several alumni enjoyed a pre-weekend social hosted by Adam (one-time president of the DSM-CIA chapter, current TCAC president) at his home in the Twin Cities suburbs the Thursday before the tournament. The Friday before the tournament saw some social events (primarily in downtown St. Paul) organized by former Des Moines resident (and former Great Plains RVP, Jillian). These were great fun for those who arrived in town early.

Friday night at the hotel was a good time for alumni to reconnect and enjoy the host-chapter-sponsored activity of a casino night. Attendees could play blackjack and poker, exchanging their stash of chips for raffle tickets for the many prizes. The 2018 Halsey theme was “The Great Halsey” (which was a take on ‘The Great Gatsby’). The hotel was the newly-re-branded “Graduate Hotel” on the U’s campus, conveniently located next to the rec center where Saturday’s tournament was held.

The Des Moines Alumni Chapter volley ball team played hard and had fun, but lost its contest for a 3rd place finish after a late morning rally (having been creamed in its morning opener against a competitive team that was ‘filling in’ when a non-competitive team was a no-show).

Saturday night’s closing banquet was enjoyable and memorable. The food received good reviews. Speeches by PGP, Bill Tatum and the tournament’s namesake, Ken Halsey were well received. The evening’s emcee, Meagan, did a spectacular job with the night’s program. The ‘countdown’ conducted by PGP, Norm Kromberg was done by “the year of your first tournament attended”. Several alumni attended their first volley ball basketball many many years ago. Ken Halsey’s first was 1972. Kromberg mentioned this and several other interesting factoids regarding the tournament and its participants.
The banquet ended with special recognition of Ken and Erin Halsey featuring a video with photos, roses, and the signing of “The Rose of Deltasig” led by Des Moines Alumni Chapter member, Tom.

It was announced that the 2019 tournament will be held in St. Cloud, MN.

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A manly happy hour

The monthly happy hour back on January 18th was a manly one. Before the arrival of a female brother, 9 men (alumni and collegiate) were in attendance at Sully’s in West Des Moines.

Several rounds of beer flowed and popular meals included chicken tenders, nachos, and 2 brave souls tried the $10 steak dinner. The dinner included a baked potato and Texas toast. It was nothing to write home about, but received positive reviews. It came with a real knife, but only a plastic fork and Styrofoam plate.

Much discussion was had about the upcoming Halsey tournament, the upcoming LEAD Provincial Council, and the general state of the job market and career prospects.

Mark your calendars for the February Happy Hour (Thursday, 2/15/18 CHANGED TO Feb. 22 at Whiskey River in Ankeny). Located in the relatively new Prairie Trail development near Ankeny’s DMACC campus, Whiskey River has proved to be a popular establishment in a quickly-developing part of the Metro. Look on the calendar page of this weblog for more information and link to the FB event.

Halsey news: A post from the hosting chapter of Facebook: “This Tuesday the 30th is the last day to register for The Great Halsey! This is an event you won’t want to miss!”
Team registration: http://bit.ly/2DaSnU5
Individual registration: http://bit.ly/2DtGy8e

2018 begins with HH, book of lists

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will kick off the new year with a happy hour in January. Check the ‘calendar’ page of this weblog for links to the FB events for the Thursday January 18 happy hour at Sully’s Irish Pub in West Des Moines. Make your New Year’s Resolution to join a group of local alumni brothers starting around 5:30 pm. There will certainly be discussion about upcoming events for 2018 including participation in the February Halsey Volley Ball and Basketball Tournament.

The award-winning Twin Cities Alumni Chapter (TCAC) has compiled a year-in-review PDF that can be found online here. Check it out to see what our neighbors to the North have accomplished in 2017. It features many good photos throughout its 8 pages.

Another thing to view or save is the Des Moines Business Record’s 2018 “Book of Lists” (online here). This publication notes many of the major employers, groups, boards, industries, etc. around central Iowa. Save it for handy reference during the year.

Happy Holidays

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual holiday tradition Saturday December 9. Several alumni brothers got together for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

Thanks to Jody for hosting an excellent social event featuring a ‘Yankee Swap’ gift exchange, games, food, and drinks. Many brothers had never played the ‘meme’ card/party game ‘What Do You Meme?”. It was fun to play and lots of laughs were had.

For more things holiday, head to YouTube to watch Grand President, Tricia’s 32-second video (link here)

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter plans to field a volley ball team at the Feb. 9-11, 2018 Halsey Tournament. See the “Halsey” tab and “Calendar” tab of this weblog for more info and get registered before prices increase December 20.

Thankful for tacos and magazine

Last week the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy hour. For many brothers it was their first time visiting the Urbandale location of Taco Hangover.

Many of the 7 alumni and 5 collegiate brothers in attendance ate tacos, but no one received a hangover from this evening social held November 16. There was some discussion about a community service initiative the chapter will be participating in. But mostly it was a fun time exchanging laughs and stories of working life (a life the collegiates are anxious to enter and the alumni are wishing they could transport out of…and go back to their college days).

Look for more details soon about the December holiday party.

“The Deltasig” magazine has been published. Look online for the November 2017 issue featuring photos and a summary of the 2017 NOLA GCC, awards, foundation giving, and more.

2017 Founders Recap, holiday events approaching

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi participated in 2 separate Founders’ Day events last week (November 7).

6 alumni brothers traveled to Ames for cake (pictured above) and to enjoy a social and ‘Family Feud’ game against 15 or so Mu Psi brothers at Iowa State University. It was a close game, but the alumni team came out the big winner (also winning the fast money round at the game’s end).

Thanks to the Mu Psi chapter for the invite and for organizing and hosting the event.
There was also an event in Des Moines that same evening hosted by the Alpha Iota Chapter of Drake University. The evening’s social was held at a local brew pub.

Grand President, Tricia sent a message for Founders’ Day via email:

Check the calendar page of this weblog for info on the upcoming happy hour November 16 and the December holiday social event.

Omaha LEAD was a dream

approximately 8 or so members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi attended the Fall LEAD School in Omaha, Nebraska October 27-28.
Many started their weekend at the Thunderhead Brewing Taproom (opened with help of a small investment by a Deltasig brother). Around 20 or so various alumni sampled brews and brought in food for dinner. Later that night a magic show was enjoyed back at the hotel.

Saturday sessions were good and included presentations by several Des Moines alumni members. The keynote was “1 million dreams”. Lunch was chicken (no surprise there) but there were 3, brief panel discussions focused on the idea of getting to know your brother (elected leadership and others) and well as partly a town hall about the fraternity. This was a new concept and made the lunch time fly by.

After the conference concluded, many college football teams of import won their respective games, and many alumni enjoyed a social evening at PGP, Norm Kromberg’s home. During this social, many thousands of dollars were raised for the Leadership Foundation and the wine flowed.

There was also a handout about the new merchandise policy.

See the “Halsey” tab for the latest info on the February 2018 tournament (registration now open)
See the “Calendar” tab for the latest on all the events coming up in November and December